Instead of being simply a draw for Hispanic viewers, CNN’s four-hour documentary, “Latino in America,” turned into a political rallying cry for activist groups who are calling on the cable news channel to fire Lou Dobbs, a veteran anchor with well-known views on immigration.
UPDATE Friday, October 23 11:00 am: Hate crimes legislation now headed to President Obama for his signature, according to CNN.com. Note: Cross-posted at Jack and Jill Politics. CNN began airing their highly-publicized series, “Latino in America,” last night, and I have to say, their coverage of the uptick in hate crimes against people of color…
CNN will broadcast a series about the Hispanic presence in the United States which, despite the complaints of Latino groups around the country, omits the anti-immigrant drive of one of the network’s own stars, commentator Lou Dobbs.
Ronda Racha Penrice sums up much of the controversy we posted on earlier this evening in “Will movement to remove Lou Dobbs overshadow Soledad O’Brien’s Latino in America at CNN?” “For many Latinos, CNN’s Latino in America is not their primary concern; Lou Dobbs is… Many within the Latino community, in particular, feel that Dobbs has used his show to fuel anti-Latino sentiments, contributing to hate crimes against Latinos, as well as ongoing rejection of Latinos within this nation.
The mounting efforts (including our “Drop Dobbs” TV ad) underway to hold CNN accountable for Lou Dobbs are clearly having an impact. In their coverage of CNN’s “Latino in America” series, the Associated Press reports: “CNN is airing a four-hour special on Latinos in America this week that ignores its own commentator Lou Dobbs, whose persistent advocacy against illegal immigration has angered many Hispanics.”
CNN is airing a four-hour special on Latinos in America this week that ignores its own commentator Lou Dobbs, whose persistent advocacy against illegal immigration has angered many Hispanics.
Every night, Lou Dobbs appears on CNN prime time in the living rooms of Americans, promoting a hate-filled agenda that primarily targets Latinos.
Next week, in a nod to Hispanic Heritage Month, CNN will premiere a two-night, four-hour Latino in America. The documentary purports to thoroughly examine the Hispanic experience.
Today CNN announced their refusal to broadcast an ad produced by America’s Voice and Media Matters for America calling on CNN to drop Lou Dobbs. The ad, which can be seen here, was to be aired during the network’s upcoming 4 hour special – Latino in America – and is funded by online donations from Americans fed up with CNN’s coddling of a primetime anchor notorious for demonizing immigrants and distorting the immigration debate.